HORARY ON THE HOUR
Horary is known as predictive astrology but does not always have to be completely predictive. One can use it for analysing situations as well as investigating what has happened in the past.
The practice of Horary is very effective and the outcome, if one adheres to the rules, is very effective.
Horary astrology is the ability of finding specific answers for specific questions from a chart set for the exact time the question is understood by the astrologer. The place the chart is set for will be where the Astrologer is at the time of the question asked.
Horary is a Medieval Latin word pertaining to an hour.
The trick when delineating and working with the Horary chart is to keep things simple. It is after all a quick, effective type of Astrology providing clarity when answering questions.
Lost object questions are quiet common questions, some are simple, and others are not. It is advisable to ask the client for as much detail as possible as this can give us some idea as to what was going on at the time of the loss.
To get a question from the client or querent, like “Where is my ring?” is a common question for the Horary Astrologer. Some background history is helpful and can save a lot of time. Many a time the querent will tell you where they know they lost it. Nine times out of ten it is not where the querent thinks it may be.
Contrary to popular belief lost property questions are not as easy as they seem. The method is simple, it is interoperating the chart that is challenging. Some are a breeze but others send the astrologers on a merry go round.
A clear understanding of houses and signs are vital for a correct outcome. As an example I have a querent who had lost her watch. I cast the chart and saw that the ruler of the second house,
saw that the ruler of the second house, house of our possessions and in this case her watch, was in the seventh house.
Now as the querent asked the question about her watch we do not need to turn the chart. This is a method where you adapt the chart to find the correct rulers of the quesited. Had she asked me where her husband’s watch was, I would need to look for his possession which will be his second house. This is the second from the seventh, the eight house making its cusp ruler the husbands watch.
She asked the question about her watch so we look for Lord two the ruler of the second house. This is where the lost object will be. I could see it was in the seventh house in a mutable sign. When a lost object is in a mutable sign it is normally hidden or in something. The watch was in the husband’s house, the seventh house as well as in the sign which was mutable.
My answer was simply that your husband has it on his person and it is safe. She called him and he had it in his jacket pocket, she had taken it off the night before to wash the dishes, on his way out to work he saw it lying on the counter so put it in his pocket to keep it safe from the builders working on their home.
William Lilly, the great master of this craft, often spent time looking for missing objects that his man servant had purposely hidden from him. The answer can be abstract and this practice was essential to hone in on the horary way of thinking.
As an example of how this works I have a lovely example of this demonstrated in this Horary chart for this column.
I was away on an Astrology conference and lost my glasses. So I asked the question for myself, I am the querent.
WHERE ARE MY GLASSES?
I printed the chart for the area I was in, the astrologer will always draw up the chart from the area they were in when the question was asked and understood.
I was in Simon’s Town in the Western Cape and had the glasses with me when I returned to my cottage after a day of talks. I put them down somewhere but just could not remember where. So as I often do when I misplace something I reverted to using my horary skills.
First house is me the querent, my significator is the Moon as the sign on the cusp is Cancer. Now normally the querent will get the ruler of the first house cusp as well as the Moon as significators. I just got the Moon.
Now looking at the Moon can describe the querent, this Moon is angular; below the horizon in a night chart so has accidental power to act. With lost objects if the lights are below the horizon at night that is good testimony for success.
During the day with both Sun and Moon above the horizon there is more chance of finding the missing objects as there will be more visibility.
Ok great so I have a lot of accidental dignity, sadly my significator the Moon in Scorpio is in fall. When looking at the essential debility of fall it is likened to one who is bound and gagged in the corner of a room. In a way this makes sense as I cannot see without them and am far away from home where may spare pair are, so I really need to find them! It always fascinates me to see how well a Horary chart will describe the Querent.
Next step is to find what the significator for the lost glasses is, so we look at the second house cusp which is Leo, the Sun rules Leo so the Sun is the significator of my glasses. This is perfect as we know the Sun is the natural ruler of eyes showing further testimony that we have the correct significator.
Where are they, where is the Sun? The Sun is posited in the fourth house of home, so they must be with me in the cottage…but where? I have looked everywhere and cannot find them.
So let’s look at this Sun, firstly it is in the fixed water sign Scorpio so is near water. As it’s a fixed water sign it could be near my glass of water on my beside table, it is not. The Sun is in the same house as the Moon, me, so cannot be in the bathroom or another room.
The Sun is one degree away from the fifth house, the child or play room. That could be the room next to mine as it has double bed bunks in it for visitors with children, but as it’s not in the fifth house it cannot be in that room. The Sun is nearly conjunct the fifth house cusp, they must be near to a wall.
Now I look at what planet the Sun is close to and see that it is Mercury, which is in the same fixed water sign. What could the fixed water and Mercury be telling me? They are so close to my glasses in the same room in the same space!
Then it all begins to fall into place, I took my computer out of my the cupboard which I had hidden under some clean spare towels. I left the chord in the cupboard, perhaps I left my glasses there as well.
On opening the cupboard I see the chord and on the other side of the towels near the wall of the next room in the cottage I see my glasses. The towels being an item of drying off water can be described by Scorpio, fixed water.
If we want to look at timing we need to take the fastest moving significator, in this case the Moon, and take it to the slower moving significator the Sun. The Moon is 9 degrees 30 of Scorpio and the Sun 18 degrees of Scorpio, it should take me about nine units of time to find the glasses. Here we can use logic, as they are at home fixed and going nowhere I should find them sooner than later. Nine days is too long I would have left. In nine hours I will be doing yoga at the venue so it must be 9 minutes.
Watching the process, the Moon took about six minutes as I was trying to think this one through before remembering I had them when I went to collect my laptop. I found the chord but could not see the glasses.
I went back to the chart, sipped on a cup of tea as I pondered the clues in the chart , the glasses had to be close to the chord and the wall, so off to the cupboard again and felt along the back wall of the cupboard the wall of the next room.
I found them in just over 9 minutes, very abstract yet perfectly clear as the puzzle unravelled. Horary astrology can be very rewarding and exciting, it takes practice to train your brain to think along the lines of what the chart is showing. But when it all comes together it just works.